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Aprilia has revealed two new limited-edition bikes at the 2023 MotoGP round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, last weekend. 

  • The special edition models features top-of-the-range components. 
  • The RSV4 and Tuono gets striking graphics and colour scheme. 

The RSV4 Factory Special Edition and Tuono V4 Factory Special Edition feature striking liveries that incorporate white, red, blue, and silver text. 

The RSV4 Factory Special Edition boasts a 1,099cc V4 engine with 217 horsepower, while the Tuono V4 Factory Special Edition comes with a 1,077cc V4 that produces 175 horsepower. Both bikes feature a six-axis 11MP ECU, full ride-by-wire throttle, and the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) operating system. 

They also come with six customizable ride modes, three of which are for track use and three for road use. The bikes get a full semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension, Brembo Stylema brakes, and forged aluminum wheels. 

Additionally, all lighting is LED, and the team worked to refine the aerodynamic design and optimize rider comfort. 

These limited-edition bikes will be available in North American dealerships in May and June 2023.

In a dramatic turn of events at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Alex Rins secured a thrilling victory in the Grand Prix after forcing Francesco Bagnaia into another crash.

  • Alex Rins claims LCR Honda’s 100th podium in MotoGP. 
  • Fabio Quartararo snatching first podium of the season. 

The race started with Bagnaia making a brilliant start and holding off Rins into turn one. However, the factory Ducati team’s luck was short-lived as Jorge Martin and Alex Marquez clashed, resulting in crashes for both riders.

Meanwhile, Jack Miller made a significant move up the order to position himself in third, closing in on Rins and Bagnaia. However, Miller’s charge ultimately ended as he crashed out of the race on lap seven. As the race progressed, Bagnaia continued to lead despite pressure from Rins, with Quartararo in third position.

However, just like in the previous Sprint race, Bagnaia made another crucial error, crashing out of the Grand Prix on lap 14, allowing Rins to take over the lead. Luca Marini then blasted past Quartararo with eight laps remaining, showing the immense speed of his Ducati. But Rins managed to control the gap and secure his victory, just his third race for Honda.

The race witnessed three crashes in short order as Takaaki Nakagami kicked things off before Brad Binder and Joan Mir joined him. Maverick Vinales showed good pace, making overtakes on Binder and Miguel Oliveira to secure a position in the top ten.

The COTA Grand Prix provided fans with plenty of action and drama, with Rins emerging as the ultimate victor. Bagnaia, on the other hand, will need to regroup after another Grand Prix crash.

Enea Bastianini menampilkan aksi cemerlang di GP Amerika apabila berjaya mengungguli pusingan kelima MotoGP, pada Ahad.

Pelumba Gresini Racing itu juga muncul pemenang berganda pertama musim ini selepas mendominasi GP Qatar, Mac lalu.

Keputusan itu juga menyaksikan Bastianini kembali mendahului kejuaraan dengan 61 mata, diikuti Alex Rins (56 mata) dan Aleix Espargaro (50 mata).

Bastianini berada di belakang Jack Miller di kebanyakan masa perlumbaan namun ketika aksi berbaki lima lap, Miller mula melakukan kesilapan dan terlepas beberapa apex.

Menyedari perkara itu, Bastianini berjaya memintas Miller di Turn 12 dan terus meninggalkan pelumba Ducati itu.

Miller juga terus terkesan dan pada lap akhir berjaya dipintas wakil Suzuki, Alex Rins. Rins sah tamatkan aksi di tempat kedua diikuti Miller, ketiga.

Sementara itu, enam kali juara dunia MotoGP, Marc Marquez turut mencuri tumpuan apabila berjaya bangkit dari tempat terakhir (P24) untuk menamatkan aksi di kedudukan keenam.

Meskipun terlepas dua pusingan (GP Indonesia, GP Argentina) ekoran kecederaan namun Marquez kembali menunjukan taring sebenar.

Walaupun bermula di petak ke-9, jentera Honda RC213V miliknya seakan alami masalah dan berada pada kedudukan terakhir menuju ke selekoh pertama.

Dia bagaimanapun berjaya memintas tujuh pelumba pada lap sama untuk memulakan misi memperbaiki kedudukan.

Dia kemudiannya memancung Maverick Vinales, Brad Binder, Takaaki Nakagami dan rakan sepasukan Pol Espargaro untuk tempat ke-10.

Menariknya, walaupun berada di kelompok pertengahan, Marquez beberapa kali merekodkan masa lebih pantas berbanding kelompok depan.

Pelumba Sepanyol itu terus mengasak dan memintas (Aleix Espargaro), Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin dan Fabio Quartararo untuk mengambil tempat keenam.

MotoGP ace Marc Marquez green-lit to race in Texas this weekend after missing two races due to new episode of double-vision.

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Repsol Honda mengesahkan bahawa Marc Marquez akan kembali bersaing hujung minggu ini di GP Amerika.

Juara dunia lapan kali itu telah pun terlepas dua pusingan sebelum ini sejak mengalami kecederaan serius sewaktu sesi pemanas badan di Litar Mandalika, Mac lalu.

Marquez turut terlepas saingan GP Argentina apabila disahkan mengalami diplopia (pandangan berganda) kali kedua.

Bagaimanapun, pelumba berusia 29 tahun itu telah pun menyempurnakan rawatan konservatif dan akan kembali membuat penampilan pada pusingan 4 di Austin, Texas, bermula dengan sesi ujian bebas pada Jumaat.

Walaupun mempunyai rekod cemerlang di COTA (Circuit of the Americas), Marquez hanya akan memfokuskan pusingan kali ini untuk kembali membiasakan diri dengan jentera RC213V.

Aksi MotoGP kembali bersambung hujung minggu ini dengan pelumba Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro meneruskan saingan selaku pendahulu kejuaraan setelah memenangi pusingan ketiga di Argentina.

Espargaro kini mendahului dengan 45 mata diikuti Brad Binder (KTM), 38 mata dan Enea Bastianini (Pramac) 36 mata manakala pertahan juara, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) di kedudukan kelima dengan 35 mata.

Double-vision issue returns, prompting six-time MotoGP title winner Marc Marquez to sit out this weekend’s race in Argentina.

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Marc Marquez reclaims his seat as the King of COTA with a seventh premier class win in Austin and his second of the season.

Marquez was back to his brilliant best, leading the race as early as Turn 1 despite starting from third place.

Meanwhile, championship leader Fabio Quartararo took second place, which means he will have the chance to take the world championship title in Misano as his closest rival, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia could only finish third.

Nonetheless, it was a sensational performance by Marquez, who took his second win of the season and reclaiming his title as the true ‘King of COTA’ with seven wins, seven podiums and seven poles in eight appearances at the Texan track.

The 28-year-old also delivered Repsol Honda 450th podium in the premier class.

MotoGP returns to COTA for the first time since 2019 as the track undergoing serious resurfacing work on around 40% of the track consisting of Turn 1-2, 9-10 and 16-19 in an effort to alleviate bumps.

MotoGP will return later this month for the second time in Misano.

Refer below for the full result:

Francesco Bagnaia recorded his third consecutive pole position after recording the fastest time at Circuit of the Americas, round 15 of 18 in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

The Ducati rider also ended Honda’s Marc Marquez perfect pole position record at Austin after clocking 2:02.781s during the later stage of Q2.

Championship leader, Fabio Quartararo, will start at P2 in a bid to retain his lead against Bagnaia, with the two separated by just 48 points.

Meanwhile, despite clocking the fast time during the earlier stage of Q2, Marquez was push back by Bagnaia and Quartararo to start at P3.

However, it was a positive result for the Spaniard, who returned to the front row 441 days later since the 2020 Spanish GP.

Pramac’s Jorge Martin appears as the second-fastest Ducati rider on the grid and will start at P4, followed by Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami (P5).

Surprisingly, Jack Miller, who was fast all weekend, could only manage the tenth place and was visibly furious at the end of the session.

  • Franco Morbidelli gembira berjaya memperolehi tempat yang ke-lima dalam pusingan MotoGP “Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas”.
  • Teman sepasukannya dan penunggang rookie, Fabio Quartararo menamatkan perlumbaan tersebut di tempat yang ke-tujuh.
  • Ini adalah satu keputusan yang amat memberangsangkan buat pasukan PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.

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  • Franco Morbidelli was happy to finish fifth in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas over the weekend.

  • His teammate and rookie Fabio Quartararo crossed the line in seventh.

  • It was a great for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.

While everyone was transfixed by Marc Marquez’s early departure and the subsequent battle between Valentino Rossi and Alex Rins, Franco Morbidelli rode to fifth in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas over the weekend. It the first Top 5 finish for him and the new PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.

Morbidelli fought hard against a resurgent Andrea Dovizioso of Mission Winnow Ducati but had to give way at the end. Dovizioso had qualified 13thon the grid and fought his way up the field to eventually finish fourth. However, Morbidelli managed to defend his fifth position from Dovizioso’s team Danilo Petrucci.

It was Morbidelli’s best MotoGP result to date since joining the premier class last year.

“I’m very, very happy about this fifth position. We were starting a bit too far, because yesterday we had not a great qualifying. But I was confident that I could be fast in the race today” said the Italian.

His team was also very happy when MotoGP rookie Fabio Quartararo finished in seventh place, one behind Petrucci.

It was excellent results for the Malaysia-based team which didn’t exist a mere six months before the start of the 2019 season.

However, Morbidelli kept his pragmatic approach, saying that the team has to keep improving. “We need to work, we need to improve to get those 8 seconds here. Couple of seconds in Argentina. So we are missing something to get on the podium.”

  • Alex Rins won the MotoGP race at the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

  • Marc Marquez crashed out with 12 laps to go.

  • Valentino Rossi finished second.

Marc Marquez had hoped for a perfect record at the Grand Prix of the Americas, but a mistake at Turn 12 destroyed that record, leaving Alex Rins to win.

He had done what he does best by taking the holeshot at the start and took off into the distance, followed by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Jack Miller (Lamborghini Pramac Ducati) and Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar).

Marc Marquez – Photo credit MotoGP.com

Crutchlow would crash out with 15 laps to go, leaving the other three riders to battle for the remaining podium spots.

By 12 laps to go, Marquez led by 3.6 seconds and the race looked like it was going to be another boring procession. Suddenly a roar went up in the crowds and the TV screens showed a Repsol rider picking his bike off the ground. It turned out to be Marquez!

He tried time and again to pick his bike up but fell back down on the ground and finally gave up.

Replays showed that he had locked the front wheel while trail braking into the first gear Turn 12.

It was a bad day for the Repsol Honda team as Jorge Lorenzo’s bike broke down a lap later.

Marquez’s crash left a nail-biting battle between Valentino Rossi and Alex Rins. Rins had dispatched of Jack Miller. With 6 laps to go, Rins’s team sent a message to select “Mapping 3” and started to stalk Rossi closely.

Valentino Rossi – Photo credit MotoGP.com

Rins finally made a move with 4 laps to go. Rossi replied with a repass by couldn’t hold his line and that let Rins off the hook.

Rossi’s tyre’s were cooked by now but he didn’t let it go down without a fight. Rins was able to open up a lead of 0.7 second but Rossi managed to pull back 0.25 second in braking down to Turn 12. However, Rins was able to hold on and claim his very first MotoGP win.

Behind them, Jack Miller held on for his first podium in the dry and on a Ducati while keeping himself just out of reach of Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati). Dovizioso started the race from 13th on the grid.

Jack Miller – Photo credit MotoGP.com

Franco Morbidelli rounded out the Top 5.

The results of the race bring Dovizioso into the lead of the championship with 54 points, to Rossi’s 51, Rins’s 49 and Marquez’s 45. That’s 9 points covering four riders.

  • Returning rider Thomas Luthi wins the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

  • His teammate Marcel Schrotter took second after battling with Alex Marquez.

  • Championship leader Jorege Baldassarri crashed out.

It was a day of redemption for Thomas Luthi as he won the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

The Swiss rider gave up on riding in MotoGP after lackluster results and returned to the Moto2 with the Dynavolt Intact GP team.

It was his teammate Marcel Schrotter who took the holeshot at the start, followed by Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS). However, Marquez was able to force his way through a few corners later.

Marcel Schrotter – Photo credit MotoGP.com

But instead of managing to break away, he was hunted down Luthi who had overtaken Schrotter. Soon, the pair started trading places with Marquez. The latter even resorted to putting up some hard passes but Luthi preservered and made his move stick. Luthi didn’t book back from that point on and rode to his win.

Marquez began falling into the grasps of Schrotter. When the latter moved to overtake, Marquez responded with hard passes including bumping into Schrotter. But Marquez couldn’t defend anymore and Schrotter passed him to claim second.

Alex Marquez – Photo credit MotoGP.com

Marquez kept fading and was eventually passed by Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) who had Mattia Pasini (Flexbox HP 40) in tow.

Championship leader Jorge Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) crashed out after hitting the rear tyre of Jorge Martin’s (Red Bull KTM Ajo) out-of-control bike.

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